Environmental Politics

"Kasich Bashes Clean Energy And Climate Action At Ohio Town Hall"

"At a town hall event in Ohio’s manufacturing hub on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for traveling to Paris to fight climate change, and said clean energy was too expensive for the region."

Source: Climate Progress, 03/15/2016

EPA Chief To Testify Before Congressional Panel On Flint's Water Crisis

Renee Montagne interviews Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, about EPA's role in the Flint water crisis. McCarthy says Michigan's slow-walking response to the problem made it hard for EPA to intervene. McCarthy is one of several key witnesses to testify this week before the House Oversight Committee. Resigned Regional Administrator Susan Hedman will testify today.

Renee Montagne reports for NPR March 15, 2016.

Source: NPR, 03/15/2016

"Flint Water E-Mails Written To Stay Secret"

As the Flint water crisis was being discovered, Michigan environmental officials tried to manipulate exemptions in the state's freedom of information law to keep secret emails that should have been subject to disclosure.

Source: Detroit Free Press, 03/15/2016

Fed Agencies: Tricky Decision: Who Gets A Heads-Up Before A Rollout?

"Last Thursday, the Center for Biological Diversity made an announcement: The Fish and Wildlife Service was proposing to delist the Yellowstone grizzly. But FWS didn't release the proposal for another half-hour. CBD had scooped the agency on its own news, criticizing the delisting proposal before FWS had a chance to defend it."

Source: Greenwire, 03/14/2016

"Week Ahead: Key Flint Figures Come To Congress"

"In a pair of hearings at the House Oversight Committee, top officials involved in the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis are slated to discuss the causes and aftermath of the lead contamination." Witnesses include Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Source: The Hill, 03/14/2016

"Canadian Companies Supporting Fight Against U.S. Climate Plan: Report"

"Many large Canadian companies are financing legal action and lobbying against President Barack Obama’s climate change plan, putting the public and their investors at risk, said a new report released on Monday by an investment services organization."

Source: National Observer, 03/14/2016

"Obama and Canada’s Justin Trudeau Promote Ties and Climate Plan"

"President Obama on Thursday said the United States and Canada were more closely aligned than ever, using a meeting with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, to announce joint efforts to curb emissions of planet-warming gases and to promote his personal rapport with the leader of a pivotal neighbor."

Source: NY Times, 03/11/2016


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